Love in Action

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
March 29, 2002

Every eye in the doctor’s waiting room turned toward the weary-looking mother pushing a wheelchair into the room. A severely disabled boy lolled back in the chair.

Another boy sitting near the door smiled tentatively at the boy in the wheelchair, whose face was transformed as he smiled back. The boy sitting near the door stood and approached the wheelchair.

“Hi!” he said. “My name is Tim. What’s yours?”

The mother replied softly, “His name is Jerry. He can’t talk.”

Tim said, “That’s all right. I’ll just talk to him, if it’s okay.”

“I like your shoes, Jerry,” Tim continued. He lifted his foot so Jerry could see. “They’re almost like mine.”

Jerry smiled, and the two boys “talked” until Jerry was called back to see the doctor. Everyone in the waiting room was silent, awed by the love and acceptance Tim had exhibited in reaching out to Jerry.

God constantly admonishes us to love, and we live in a world that is as hungry for love as it is for bread. Our love for God is reflected in the love we show for others. The measure of our love for God is showcased through the love we show others.

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God” 1 John 4:7a NASB

Written by - Jean P. Sours
 in The Upper Room Daily Devotional
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18 comments
  1. Val Mills said:

    Kids are fantastic. I’ve had this sort of experience in my classes of five year olds.

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  2. Lovely post! Once again we can learn from the mouth of babes…

    Blessings ~ Wendy

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  3. Lyn said:

    “And a little child shall lead them”

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  4. I well remember my younger brother’s unconditional acceptance of a neighbourhood child who was born severely autistic. Many of the adults on the street were frightened and uncomfortable around Matt, but my brother – who was about 4 months younger – was astounding. Children can be so cruel – they can also be so loving.

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  5. This post truly blessed me. As the mother of a severely autistic son, it always warms my heart to see the kindness of others extended to my own son Noah. Thank you again for posting.

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  6. So very true! Thanks for the cup of “love” this morning, Kenny T! 🙂

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  7. Everything always comes back to the fact that God is love. Lovely story. I have an especially soft place in my heart for disabled people.

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  8. Reblogged this on Word For Life Says . . . and commented:
    “Love in Action!” There’s no better way to say. We can learn many life lessons from the innocence and purity of a child’s heart. Let this story touch you as it did those in the waiting room on that day and may the example of this little boy become our example to the world!

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  9. Talking about being well, I finally took the road bike home from the office and got out yesterday afternoon for the first time since November – it was glorious and I’ve got about eighty miles more planned over the next three days. About time! Woohoo!

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  10. What a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  11. Barb said:

    Beautiful story. Thanks for sharing.

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  12. tk2012 said:

    This is a beautiful post. My sister had severe CP and other children (or adults) who came up to talk to her rather than just stare, were such a blessing to our family.

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